Lai Mohammed urges Nigerians to oppose the division agenda, The Guardian Nigeria Information

Minister for Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed at a meeting with front page editors of major newspapers in Lagos. Photo: TWITTER / FMICNIGERIA

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Saturday urged Nigerians to oppose any agenda that is said to lead to division and instability in the country.

The minister called while speaking on a radio program monitored by the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Lagos.

He urged them not to allow anyone or any group to gamble on the country’s security challenges in order to pit them against each other.

Mohammed said the country’s security challenges were manageable and urged citizens not to make statements and rhetoric that could exacerbate the situation.

“We call on all Nigerians to oppose anyone’s agenda to threaten unity and peaceful coexistence in the country.

“We have always lived together peacefully as long as Hausas, Yorubas, Ibos, Fulanis, etc., and we have always resolved our differences amicably.

“So I would like to urge our political and religious leaders to be extra careful what they say.

“We should do things that could help address the security challenges and not make statements that could make the situation worse,” he said.

The minister also warned against portraying the clashes between shepherds and peasants in parts of the country as part of the plans of one ethnic group to subjugate the other.

He said that farmers and shepherds have always had differences of opinion, and community leaders in the affected areas have always found a way to solve the problems.

The minister said it was necessary for communities to return to the old ways of settling disputes between shepherds and farmers so that peace could reign.

Mohammed said the federal government is committed to protecting all citizens and will not turn any particular people against the other.

Regarding banditry and rioting, Mohammed said the government was doing its best to address the issues.

He said security agencies have had remarkable success against bandits and terrorists and urged Nigerians to help them do more.

“If we look at where we have been and where we are now, we will see that a lot has been achieved.

“While the challenges still remain, the government will not rest until the problems are over.

“I would like to urge citizens to continue to support the government and our security agencies in order to achieve more,” he said.

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